Karey Burke, President of ABC Entertainment, has claimed to be interested in the possibility of a Lost reboot, but has yet to discuss such a project with the show's former creative heads. Premiering in 2004 to much fanfare, Lost was created by J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber and ran for six seasons, telling the story of a group of plane crash survivors who discover that their new island home is far from a tropical paradise. Featuring an array of characters that immediately found their way into viewers' hearts, Lost earned a sizeable fan base but would also attract criticism for overly complex storylines and a finale episode that failed to satisfy many.
At a seemingly increasing rate, television studios are commissioning reboots, revivals and re-imaginings of beloved shows from years gone by. Some have proved successful, such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 and One Day At A Time, both on Netflix. Most reboots, however, fall flat entirely and fail to live up the quality and popularity of their predecessors. Nevertheless, the poor success rate hasn't put studios off the idea, and plenty of reboots are currently in development including Veronica Mars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Rugrats and ALF.
Another huge title could soon be added to that list: ABC's seminal mind-bending island mystery, Lost. At the recent Television Critics Association press tour (via The Wrap), ABC played a montage of footage from their network that kicked off with Jack Shepherd's iconic "we have to go back" line from Lost's third season. Naturally, ABC Entertainment's Karey Burke was asked whether this clip was alluding to a future Lost reboot, and the company president's response was optimistic, albeit non-committal, stating:
"I would like that very much. That would be something I would be interested in seeing. It is literally, at this point, what I dream about when I go to bed. I have not spoken to Carlton [Cuse, former showrunner], or J.J. Abrams or ABC Studios about it. But I do often get asked the question what show I would reboot and my answer is Lost.”
While Burke makes it very clear that there is currently no firm movement on future Lost projects, the fact that the President of ABC Entertainment names the show as the number one property she would pick to revive is fairly telling, especially considering the amount of sway she has in the network's output. Former showrunners Lindelof and Cuse have already confirmed that while they wouldn't be interested in rebooting Lost themselves, they would be happy to let others take the reigns. Certainly, all the right people are saying all the right things to pave the way for a future Lost reboot.
If Lost did return to ABC in some capacity, it would perhaps be one of the more unusual TV reboots in the sense that the original series only ended as recently as 2010, with many of the other revivals currently being developed hailing from the '80s or '90s. Because of this, a Lost reboot may still be a number of years away but it increasingly looks like a return to the island is inevitable at some point.
Source: The Wrap